Intronaut to its core
Proven with Fluid Existential Inversions, five years has not tampered with Intronaut’s sound and talent. Ever since their third full-length album (Valley of Smoke), the American progressive metal band has been incrementally placing higher and on more US charts with every release. New fans will be amazed by the creativity displayed while long-time fans will see this as an expected release from the band. While the album may not be ground-breaking for Intronaut’s caliber, it certainly contains elements that people have come to love from them.
As with previous releases, the band incorporates a mix of elements from Jazz and progressive rock while throwing in polyrhythms and so much more. “Procurement of the Victuals” is less than a minute long and acts as a mini introduction for what the rest of the albums has in store for people.
From the first full-length track “Cubensis,” listeners will be entrenched in the familiar sounds of what people have come to expect from Intronaut. Filled with heaviness and solid riffs, the track showcases varying vocals from clean to groggy; this shift in tempo and vibe can be found across the album. Some of their most prominent riffs of the album can be found on “Check Your Misfortune,” which comes in later on the album.
With long stretches of instrumentations on a majority of the tracks, the skills of the band members really shine. Intronaut are known for their heavy use of bass to produce melodic riffs and drums to create memorable beats. Matching the vibe of the band, new drummer Alex Rudinger (Whitechapel, The Faceless) matches up to Danny Walker’s playing. Rudinger brings in new skills while being able to maintain the style Intronaut has set for themselves.
One of the most notable tracks is “Speaking of Orbs” which highlights Dave Timnick and Sacha Dunable’s vocals while the lyrics call on the oncoming future and the choice to make progress or not. Fans will be entertained and given time to ponder what Intronaut is saying from “Cubensis” to “Sour Everythings.”
While Fluid Existential Inversions is an expected album from the progressive metal band, the work put into its creation is undeniable. One thing that is for sure is that the band always plays their best and brings their A-game to every project.